Convallaria majalis

How to grow lily of the valley (Convallaria)

Find out all you need to know about growing lily of the valley, in this start-to-finish Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December


Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Convallaria is better known as lily of the valley. In late spring, Convallaria majalis bears instantly recognisable, arching stems of bell-shaped, white flowers that have a wonderful perfume.

Lily of the valley is a low-growing, spreading perennial plant, and the dense clumps of lush, green foliage make good ground cover in shady spots. It’s a good choice for a woodland garden, shady border and for planting under shrubs, and it also makes a charming addition to a spring posy.

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